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Incomplete: A Norwegian Sculptor Captured the Whimsical and Humble Personalities of Children

Norwegian artist Lene Kilda creates metaphorical sculptures inspired by the emotions and characters of kids. Believing that body language has been “their purest type of communication,” Kilda visualizes each natural pose with cement-sculpted hands and feet, and fragments of ivory garments made from colored, metal mesh. The “pristine” pieces encourage the viewer to use their imagination to fill in the visual openings and illusory contours and delve into their childhood memories.

Although each sculpture–created of “concrete, metal mesh and atmosphere”–reveals just parts of the artist’s topics, their concrete feet and hands still portray a strong sense of personality. Curious children are depicted standing on their tippy toes, while timid, less confident youngsters are displayed with awkwardly positioned feet and curled up toes. More courageous and adventurous children are shown with specific stances, tightly clenched fists, and are frequently put with accompanying props.

The array of emotions, personalities, and stances specific to children is very evident while browsing through the unconventional sculptor’s portfolio of work. In 1 piece, the toes are positioned wide apart, while the subject’s grasping hands pull the series of a toy. In another, a child is depicted trying on her mother’s oversized shoes and bag–a comfortable youth action for many.

Discover more of Kilda’s beautiful sculptures on Instagram.

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